Ferguson Links

Lighter stuff for those who get emotional/agitated reading on race and violence (whichever side you are on)

How Twitter and Facebook are different for sharing/following the Ferguson situation

How younger and older blacks feel differently about Civil Rights and Civil Disobedience

Coverage of the Coverage from a faith perspective

The following articles are by Christians talking about race, poverty, violence etc. in America (proceed at your own risk, send all complaints to original authors)

Silence by white Christian America

WARNING! Black American Christians may have a different POV than you are used to. Kristena Cleveland: “The Cross and the Molotav Cocktail” (ALSO: graphic images of lynching/hanging)

Don’t Ignore It by Eugene Cho

and lastly, if you only read one argument that may make you angry, this one is calm and rational and provides good suggestions for action: “Speaking of Michael Brown

 

 

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The American Christian Dilemma

Something I am still chewing on….

The Blog Prophet

I apologize in advance for those of you who will blow a gasket as a result of this. Yes, I am being provocative, but I think the point is very serious, very important and I am using my “freedom of speech” on this holiday .

Also, even though God never promised us what the 2nd Amendment does (gun ownership), the USA (or at least the Republicans) promises it, so I guess you can shoot me if you are real upset.  🙂

When I tweeted earlier this day a simple, thought-provoking question, I didn’t even realize the dilemma I was presenting.  It’s a lose-lose.

“Would our faith (or the church, if you prefer) be stronger or weaker without all the freedoms we are blessed with in our nation?”

Think!  Chew on it!  No knee-jerks. You can’t answer that question without getting depressed or disappointed in us as American Christians.

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Barclay on Christian Blogging and Facebook Groups

“The Greek philosophers spent their time on discussions.  The Jewish Rabbis spent their time building up imaginary and edifying genealogies for the characters of the Old Testament. The Jewish Scribes spent endless hours discussing what could and could not be done on the Sabbath, and what was and was not unclean.  It has been said that there is a danger that a man may think himself religious because he discusses religious questions.  There is a kind of discussion group which argues simply for the sake of arguing.  There is a kind of group which will argue for hours about theological questions.  It is much easier to discuss theological questions than it is to be kind and considerate and helpful at home, or efficient and diligent and honest at work.  There is no virtue in sitting discussing deep theological questions when the simple tasks of the Christian life are waiting to be done.  It is indeed true that such discussions can be nothing other than an evasion of Christian duties.”

Idolatrous Math

Trying to reduce some of my thoughts and concerns into mathematical equations to see if that helps me or you:

Jesus + Capitalism  = blessings

Jesus – Capitalism = no blessings

Jesus + America = true hope, true peace, true joy

Jesus + Republican White House = true hope and true peace, safety, honor, glory

Jesus + Democrat White House = despair, no hope, fear

Jesus – Guns = vulnerable, weak, fearful

Jesus + Religious freedoms = blessing, true joy, Abundant Life of John 10:10

Jesus – Religious freedoms = fear, anxiety, terror

Jesus – America = no hope, no peace, no joy, no blessings

Jesus = ?

No comments or discussion this time.  Just meditate.

Something That Really Bothers Me

Until I read these articles, I had not thought about the use of drone strikes or what it actually meant.  It seemed like a good alternative.

Why I Refuse to Vote for Obama (by the way, Romney is for the same practice so you can’t use this against the President if you support Mitt)

This article, which gives some sad details, is why I am upset:  BBC US Drone War in Pakistan

(Note that it’s not an American news outlet)

Along with everything else, the lesser evil is still evil.

So, I get to choose to vote for a party that supports killing unborn Americans.

Or, I get to vote for a party that supports killing born foreigners.

Can’t wait til Election Day.  Can you?